Heinz Holliger contemplates death.

Memento Mori

Berg, Holliger, Zimmermann

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

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‘Remember that we will all die’, is the motto for this programme by and with Heinz Holliger. Ten years after his last appearance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Swiss hobo player, composer and conductor returns with a programme centred on death. The orchestra will play three of Holliger’s own works: two adaptations of ominous, late piano works by Liszt and the Dutch premiere of Ardeur noire, his homage to Debussy. Holliger sandwiches his own works between two contrasting paradigms of expressionism. Berg’s Violin Concerto was dedicated to Manon Gropius, who died at a young age, and constitutes Berg’s last finished composition. Finally, the Dutch premiere of Alagoana is performed, a ballet suite by Zimmermann based on an Indian myth of life and death.

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